The Daughter of the First African-American to Build a Billion-Dollar Company Is Creating Opportunities for Black Boys

The phrase “There’s an app for that!” touches many facets of modern life, to include transportation, finance, communications and entertainment. Apps, or computer applications, typically flow from the fertile minds of young, white male coders. Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ software-writing prowess laid the foundation for a $508-billion corporation and helped revolutionize personal computing for billions of worldwide consumers. Continue reading The Daughter of the First African-American to Build a Billion-Dollar Company Is Creating Opportunities for Black Boys

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3D-printed space habitats earn $400K in prizes at NASA competition

One of the many considerations we will have should we decide at last to colonize another planet is where we’ll live. Should we bring inflatable habitats? Should we ship girders and metal sheets? Or should we, as explored in a recent NASA challenge, 3D-print the structures right there on the planet in question? Two universities’ early efforts to do so earned them a combined $400,000 at a competition held last week. Continue reading 3D-printed space habitats earn $400K in prizes at NASA competition

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Nominations Opened for 2018 LGBTQ STEM Professionals Recognition Awards

Today, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) is proud to announce that nominations are open for their 2018 recognition awards for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Nominations remain open through October 31, 2017, and the awards will be presented in February/March 2018.

The NOGLSTP recognition awards honor, identify, and document the contributions of outstanding LGBTQ+ STEM professionals. Previous award recipients include research scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, engineers, and more from academic, government, non-profit, and commercial backgrounds.

The 2018 awards will recognize an LGBTQ+ Educator of the Year, LGBTQ+ Engineer of the Year, and LGBTQ+ Scientist of the Year. In addition, NOGLSTP annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of one its members with the Walt Westman award, named after a NOGLSTP founder. Nominees and awardees have made outstanding contributions to their fields and serve as role models to future generations of STEM professionals.

Award and nomination details are available at http://www.noglstp.org/programs-projects/recognition-awards/ . For more information about the awards, contact the recognition awards chair, TJ Ronningen, at tj.ronningen at NOGLSTP dot org. For more information about NOGLSTP, contact Rochelle Diamond, NOGLSTP chair, at chair at NOGLSTP dot org.

About NOGLSTP

NOGLSTP was established in 1980, incorporated in the state of California in 1991, and was granted IRS 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status in 1992.  NOGLSTP is a professional society that educates and advocates for LGBTQ people in STEM.  NOGLSTP presents educational symposia and workshops nationwide and fosters dialog with other professional societies, academia, and industry to facilitate diversity and inclusion in the workplace. NOGLSTP is an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a participating professional society member of MentorNet®, a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, a member of the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute Presidential Advisory Project’s Coalition, a partner with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, and a founding member of the E-Week Diversity Council. For more information, visit the website at www.noglstp.org or contact scholarships@noglstp.org.

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National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Announces Out to Innovate™ Scholarship Winners

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) is proud to announce the winners for the 2017 NOGLSTP Out To Innovate™ Scholarships, made possible by an Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Continue reading National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Announces Out to Innovate™ Scholarship Winners

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NOGLSTP Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, a professional society that educates and advocates for LGBTQ people in STEM, today announced it has received a grant for $10,000 USD from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, NOGLSTP will provide undergraduate and graduate scholarships to LGBTQ+ students of merit to enable their career aspirations.  This will provide needed funding for 2018 and the 8th consecutive year that the Out to Innovate Scholarships will be offered. Continue reading NOGLSTP Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

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Leech Lake Tribal College Named Best Community College in America

By Dina Horwedel

When WalletHub announced its rankings of the best community colleges across the nation, many Americans may have been unfamiliar with its first-place choice, Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC). Tucked away in northern Minnesota on the Leech Lake Ojibwe Indian reservation, LLTC’s recent ranking is part of a long history of success. The college was also voted as seventh in a list of the nation’s 50 best community colleges in 2010 by Washington Monthly. Continue reading Leech Lake Tribal College Named Best Community College in America

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This Amazing Flashlight Is Made From A Sheet Of Paper

When we think of wonder materials, high-tech innovations like graphene or eco-friendly solutions like bricks grown from mushrooms come to mind. But it turns out that one of the most basic materials still has a few tricks up its sleeve: paper. The Tokyo-based studio Nendo performed a bit of design magic and transformed a sheet of paper into a working flashlight with the help of conductive inks from the startup AgIC.

Paper Torch is made from a sheet of heavy duty, water-resistant paper that’s typically used on election ballots. Nendo then printed a circuit board using metallic ink from AgIC directly onto the paper and glued an LED bulb and two button-sized batteries to it. Electricity flows from the batteries to the bulb through the printed pattern, eliminating the need for wire circuitry and making the flashlight less expensive to manufacture than something you’d pick up at Best Buy.

But the alchemy doesn’t stop there. Roll the paper tighter and the light becomes brighter. Since the electricity has a shorter distance to travel–and less resistance–it’s stronger and can illuminate the bulb with more intensity. Want to change the color temperature? Roll the paper with the checkerboard pattern inside for a warm, yellow-tinged light or the blank half inside for a cooler white light.

Nendo sees potential applications for disaster relief and emergencies since the product is compact, does not require complex manufacturing, and is inexpensive to produce. Plus, it’s also the perfect party trick.

Continue onto Fast  Company to see this flashlight in action.

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NACAC Fairs Introduce Young Women to STEM Fields

Women’s Equality Day, which will be celebrated Saturday, commemorates the day the 19th Amendment was certified to the Constitution in 1920.

The amendment granted women the right to vote, but the observance of Women’s Equality Day is not just about celebrating how far we’ve come. It’s about recognizing continuing efforts toward full equality of the genders.

American women are still underrepresented in many professions, including the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Over the past several decades, women have made strides in some STEM careers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Female participation in the medical field, for instance, is about equal to that of men, according to the data.

But in other fields, the numbers are shockingly low. For example, women comprise just one-fourth of the workforce in computer and mathematical jobs and hold only 14 percent of jobs in architecture and engineering fields.

NACAC’s STEM College and Career Fairs — open to students of all genders and backgrounds — are hoping to help close that gap. In 2016, female students accounted for 49 percent of fair attendees.

This year’s STEM College and Career Fairs will be held in Silicon Valley, New York City, and Houston during October and November. In addition to featuring colleges with STEM majors, representatives from STEM-related industries will also be in attendance to speak to students about internship opportunities, their future careers and how best to achieve their dreams.

At the Silicon Valley fair, NACAC will host a panel on the STEM gender gap. Titled, “The Need for Diversity in STEM Fields: How Females and Minority Students Can Find Opportunities,” a panel of STEM professionals will discuss their varied professional journeys and offer tips for students to start their own career paths.

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